Oct 31, 2012 7:30 PM by Kristen Holloway

Post Storm Elections

Louisiana election officials are helping states affected by Hurricane Sandy. Secretary of State Tom Schedler explained to voting officials in the Northeast how to run an election in the wake of a storm.
The Secretary of State's office has extensive experience in the aftermath of hurricanes specifically Katrina and Gustav. Secretary Tom Schedler spoke to officials in New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Connecticut on what to do now with election day less than a week away.
"Louisiana certainly has been able to gain favor with a lot of states that are now experiencing things that we probably almost consider routine here in louisiana," said Tom Schedler Secretary of State.
Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court Louis Perret says after Hurricane Lily in 2002, he understands the importance of securing equipment and keeping hard copies of information.
"Under Hurricane Lily we moved the election back seven days which gave us enough time to get our voting ready in Lafayette Parish," said
Louis Perret Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court.
Perret also says Northeast states should consider super polling sites like a civic center, if voting areas are flooded. He also says extending early or absentee voting or extending hours on election day may be options as well.
"Many people in the Northeast haven't experienced hurricanes like we have and what they need to do is be patient and be prepared for a long long election," said Perret.
After a major weather event, governors can declare a state of emergency and postpone elections in there state if they choose.


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